Like most of you I was shocked and amazed at the recent Dwight Howard trade news. I am obviously frustrated that Orlando chose that particular package of players and picks in exchange for the best center in the league (it required a lot of self control to not say words that this blog does not allow). And while I am upset that yet again LA was able to acquire a superstar for bad contracts and spare parts, I shall not despair. I feel the need to point out that this trade was very likely forced through by the NBA brass, otherwise why would Orlando have accepted a worse load of dross than what they were previously offered. The NBA must realize what the Celtics are going to do next year.
I have already spoken about my predictions regarding next season in a little honest sharing of Kool-aid (80 wins is still clearly on the table). This trade indicates how true my prediction likely was. This all started a few years ago, in fact, when Danny traded the Mighty Hero Perkules to the Thunder. Because he knew, even then that Dwight Howard would be moved into that division. And while it made the Celtics less strong at the time, it was clearly with the understanding that OKC would need Dwight Howard's personal Kryptonite more than the Celtics would going forward.
Now obviously in order for this plan to work Jeff Green needed to sit out a year so everyone would begin to doubt his awesomeness. And so that the NBA wouldn't force him to wear the various devices that hinder Pierce in order to make the game of basketball more fair (I spoke about these at length after the All Star Break last year). I know what you're probably thinking, "KFG, Jeff Green isn't actually that awesome his metrics are pretty ho-hum." To which I say, "See, the plan worked to perfection." Even we Celtics fans doubt his awesomeness as is evidenced by how we reacted to his contract.
Another critical component to understanding this trade, designed by The Sterninator, to prevent the Celtics from their destiny of glory is that Bynum went to the Sixers. Of all the borderline mediocre teams that LA and Orlando could have tapped to be the resting place of Bynum, it was the Sixers. By all means tell me again how Orlando got better from this deal than they would have from what Huston offered or Brooklyn. When you think about it in those terms it becomes obvious that the trade was specifically to attack the Celtics, this is why a division opponent was made stronger while also making the Lakers stronger.
For a short while there I despaired. I was incredibly despondent about the whole thing. I mean LA got Dwight Howard for pennies on the dollar and got to upgrade Andrew Bynum in the process. The Sixers got the third or fourth best center in the league (depending on whether or not you agree that KG is a center) for next to nothing. It was all too much to stand at once. Also, wouldn't it have been nice to be the team getting Iggy? Especially for young players that won't see court time and bad contracts? How filthy does Denver look now? But I digress once again. What this trade ultimately did was make me happy.
See this trade wouldn't have happened if the rest of the NBA wasn't afraid. I realize the Celtics are going to take people's lunch money next year and so do they. This trade couldn't have happened if the Sterninator wasn't terrified of what the Celtics would do to every normal NBA team in it's path. The Celtics are coming and no one can stop it. If LA didn't have Howard a playoff series wouldn't go 5 games. If Philly didn't have Bynum . . . well Philly still won't last 5 games, but the games will be closer. Because the Celtics are coming. And even after this stupid lopsided trade, banner 18 is incoming. And I refuse to backdown from my previous predictions regarding the C's regular season success. Because I see no reason to doubt the awesomeness. I want the season to hurry up and start already, I'm tired of waiting for the awesomeness to begin.